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Heirloom Kitchen makes dining at home easier

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Not everyone enjoys cooking, which is why Gerald Coakley decided to open Heirloom Kitchen, a new food concept that sources from local farms to prepare meals hot, refrigerated, or frozen for take-out or delivery.

Located in Dedham, Mass. about 15 minutes from Boston, Heirloom Kitchen helps families enjoy locally-sourced, balanced meals at their own dinner tables by offering a storefront grab and go location or through online delivery. Coakley opened the concept in December 2013 with the goal of making dinner easier.

Instead of putting long hours in at the office only to have to come home to make a healthy dinner for your family, now you can easily pick and choose the food that you would like to have and heat at home.

Coakley, a former attorney, left a career in law to open Heirloom Kitchen after trying to find healthy meals at home that were safe for his sons, both of whom suffer from life-threatening food allergies. “I practiced law for 11 years and then started to research this concept that would allow people the opportunity to not have to cook but have a family dinner,” he said. “I designed a menu that would not only be delicious but healthy. It’s easy for people to order as well. They can order online, give us a call, come in and we also do deliveries. Everyone’s schedules are crazy today so we wanted to offer something that would help families spend more time together as much as possible.”

We sampled their signature salad, a delicious fresh combination of artisanal baby lettuce, spiced pumpkin, pomegranate seeds and cranberry vinaigrette. The super soft focaccia bread with honey truffle butter was addicting (served in single and family portions). The three cheese ravioli was a small sampling of parmesan, ricotta and goat cheese stuffed ravioli in a pomodoro sauce made with onions and carrots. For dessert, be sure to try the flourless chocolate cake and lemon-coconut macaroon cookie.

All of the food here is antibiotic-free and responsibly sourced from local purveyors like Allandale Farms, Eva’s Garden and Ward’s Berry Farm. They change the menu seasonally, offer weekly specials and every month host a cooking class on the first Saturday of the month where you can learn how to cook pastas and sauces, how to prepare quick easy meals and holiday dishes.

Heirloom Kitchen is located at 125 Washington Street in Dedham, Mass. For more information, call (781) 326-4060 or visit them online at www.heirloomkitchen.com.

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